Although fans can already own Ready Player One digitally, the film will soon be available to own on Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on Tuesday, July 24. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, I had an opportunity to have an early look at a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray copy of the film to explore the picture quality, surround sound and special features. Here are my thoughts…
Steven Spielberg is one of the greatest visual storytellers of all-time, and the story of Ready Player One requires a master of Spielberg’s caliber to properly bring the eclectic nature of author Ernest Cline’s original vision to the big screen. When it was in theaters, the visuals of the film from both the real world and of course, inside the OASIS were immaculate thanks to Spielberg’s cinematographer Janusz Kaminski’s remarkable eye.
On the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, the visual transfer for Ready Player One is yet another home run for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In a film that is chock-full of Easter Eggs (especially since the MacGuffin of the story is literally an Easter Egg), even pausing through some of the most visually-dense scenes showcases the stunning imagery and colorful world of the OASIS for fans to check out all the Easter Eggs they can find. All of this is thanks to the impressive high dynamic range (HDR).
The demo-worthy highlights include the race sequences, the Shining sequence and the third act action climax.